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Planning, in general, is a difficult task because it requires the foresight to anticipate future issues and other unseen forces. Specifically, city planning must incorporate information from governmental forces, citizens, environmental groups, and a variety of other organizations. There are a number of tools and theories available to planners that can be utilized when making decisions. One such tool for Tucson city planners is a community based initiative called Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT). IGT uses community responses and activities to gather information about the future of the region to guide planning. By using these types of tools, planner can ensure that the planning decisions made reflect the values of the citizens of the region and give the area the greatest opportunity for long-term health. Imagine Greater Tucson is a multifaceted initiative with a variety of components. With the future challenges facing the City of Tucson and the growth being experienced, growing in an efficient manner is critical in meeting the goals of the region. IGT determines the regional values of the city through the usage of surveys and community workshops that allow current citizens to present their ideas. This information allows city planners and other policy makers to understand the values of the citizens and the ideas they would like to be incorporated into the future. The entire process is divided up into three distinct tasks. First, the regional survey process is the task of compiling the values of the citizens and conducted through specific surveys. This process has already been completed and allowed a variety of individuals to provide their input to ensure that the information gathered was not biased by reflecting only a specific viewpoint. The next process is the visioning process and is currently underway. This process entails determining the future planning ideas that incorporate the regional values of citizens. By holding community workshops, citizens can work with city leaders and planners to discuss which ideas best fit into the overall values. This open dialogue encourages a wide range of ideas to be presented so that
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the best options and changes to current ideas can be made. The final phase is the implementation process in which the ideas from the visioning session are brought to reality. Once the information is gathered, it is given to planners and policy makers in an effort to guide them through their decisions. There is no guarantee that the decision makers will use the information but given that they are provided this information for free and that it reflects the wishes of the community, it is a great tool to use going forward. There are a variety of costs associated with the initiative as well. First, the regional survey and visioning sessions are conducted through the use of donated funds
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This note was uploaded on 07/16/2011 for the course COM 215 taught by Professor Miller during the Spring '10 term at Pima CC.

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